Singapore women lawyers shine at Asian awards
Some of Asia's best women lawyers are Singaporean, a new Asian awards event in business law hosted in Hong Kong has shown. The inaugural awards were given out by leading international monthly financial magazine Euromoney, following its success in similar awards in Europe. The Asia Women Business Law Awards is intended to recognise leading female business lawyers.
In addition, Singapore firm WongPartnership beat law firms from 14 other countries, including Australia, India and China, to pick up the award for best national firm for women in business law last Thursday at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The winners are assessed on their professional accomplishments over the past 12 months, including their advocacy and influence. The research covered 19 practice areas in 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific, including China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.
Some 50 individual and group awards were given, of which Singapore lawyers bagged five awards. Of significance is that Singapore firms won two of only three group awards, ahead of the national law firms of all 14 countries.
WongPartnership's managing partner, Ms Rachel Eng, said: 'For us, a Singapore law firm, to beat other firms in relatively advanced jurisdictions like Australia is no mean feat and should bring some cheer to Singapore. It has always been the firm's focus to attract and retain the best talent, whether men or women.'